I felt bad about the phony chair photo, so here is the real thing. All eight of them:
Of course I didn't want to get them dirty, so I left them wrapped up
. I plan to open them up this weekend and get them all set up to make sure everything operates correctly.
I finished up the rough in of the rack. I built a platform to lift the rack up off of the top of the riser. Because the rack pulls out, you need a minimum of 3" of clearance.
I know it is overkill, but I decided to use some scrap wood to build some extra supports under the rack. The weight capacity of the rack is only 450 pounds, but I figured it couldn't hurt.
Then I installed a layer of 3/4" OSB to top off the platform.
I then installed the rack to test everything out. I almost messed up when installing the rack pan on the platform. I almost forgot that the wall on the left will have 1" acoustic treatments, so the opening has to be shifted to the right so that it will be centered with the treatments installed. Now that the rack is installed, I can measure for the final trim and frame in the front side of the closet.
Side view of the rack pulled out with service rails installed.
Side view of rack rotated for access to the rear of the rack.
I am extremely happy with the overall quality of the rack. I am really happy I went with the MA rack over a DIY rack. With that said, I have to admit that there is one thing I didn't understand about the rack prior to purchasing it. I just assumed the service rails slid out from under the rack and you put the service stand under the rails to support them. Then you could simply slide out the rack for maintenance. In reality, a panel is removed from the bottom of the rack, you line up the service rails and bolt them on and then you can slide out the rack. Not a huge deal. I don't plan to pull the rack out very often once it is finished, but you need to have a place to store the rails and stand when not in use. They aren't tiny, so they will require some closet space.
Plenty to do this weekend, so hopefully the boss will let me keep working in the basement.